For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Future of Food Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Module 2.1: Origin of Farming as Coevolution and Coupled Human-Nature Interactions
As we presented in module one, agriculture is currently the predominant environment-food system, including the production of both crops and livestock for human consumption. But it was not always this way and other environment-food systems continue to exist, as exemplified by the world's wild-caught ocean fisheries. Module 2.1 first examines the human-natural systems of hunter-gatherers, and then the human-natural systems of early agriculture. The domestication of plants and animals, together with the origins of agriculture, resulted in some of the most profound transformations of environments and human societies, and are a key part of the Anthropocene or "human recent past" presented in the first module. Module 2.2 then describes more recent environment-food systems and those of today.